Just last week, Nova Launcher’s Kevin Barry took to Google+ to talk a little bit about the future of the launcher, and his plans to bring KitKat features over to it. Now just a few days later, Nova Launcher 2.3-beta1 has arrived!
The latest beta gives Nova Launcher fans a chance to try out some pretty cool new KitKat-inspired features ahead of their eventual arrival to the official stable app.
There are two ways to get your hands on the new Nova Launcher beta. First, you can enroll into the Nova Launcher’s Play store beta program, though there are a few hoops you’ll have to go through to get it this way. The second and easiest way is to download the APK directly from the Nova Launcher site.
So what’s new here? As of now, most of the changes are minor aesthetic ones including the KitKat font, KitKat scroll indicators, the new KitKat-style app drawer icon, and more.
Here’s the full-list of features:
You’ll notice that Transparent system bars are mentioned in the change log. It’s important to note that this feature only works with select KitKat devices due to hardware restrictions, and won’t work at all with Jelly Bean (with the exception of some TouchWiz devices) — as a KitKat API is required for the feature.
For now, menus and the actual app drawer also still look like what you’d expect from Jelly Bean. The good news is that Barry previously mentioned he is exploring new ways to bring these features over to the Launcher, so it’s only a matter of time.
To learn more details or to grab the beta APK for yourself, you’ll want to head over to Nova Launcher’s official website. For those that have already given it a go, what do you think so far?
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How do we enroll in the beta program on the Playstore?
instructions here: http://novalauncher.com/beta/
Though the easiest way is to simply download the APK. :)
The Transparent Notification Bar works on my Note 3 with 4.3.
how did you get 4.3 on your note. Is it a ROM? Or did you use this http://tinyurl.com/95wd7a9
I hate you, I had a heart attack.
its pre installed my samsung
Looks nice. Always liked Nova.
Works and looks great. Glad the Nova team cranked this out so fast.
Tried it on Xperia S 4.1.2. Looks and works great so far. However, I don’t seem to find the option to make the notification bar transparent.
If you’d read the full article then you would have seen this:
“You’ll notice that Transparent system bars are mentioned in the change
log. It’s important to note that this feature only works with select
KitKat devices due to hardware restrictions, and won’t work at all with
Jelly Bean (with the exception of some TouchWiz devices) — as a KitKat
API is required for the feature.”
Hahahha, thanks! I stopped reading the article just before this paragraph. You know, I got too excited after reading the list of features. Well, it all makes sense now.
It happens, I’m tempted to try this on my N5 now that its compatible, as I’ve used Nova since the Galaxy Nexus came out in 2011 on every device I have.
Its better than the stock gogle experience launcher which just plain sucks
I liked Nova but Go Launcher is now much smoother than it use to be…